Texas No. 8 (Coaches), No. 9 (AP) In Latest Polls

Texas jumped a couple of spots to No. 8 in the ESPN-USA TODAY (Coaches) Poll while moving to No. 9 in the Associated Press poll (sports writers and broadcasters) released Sunday.

Miami, Ohio State, Iowa, Georgia, and USC occupied the top five spots in both polls while Oklahoma and Notre Dame tumbled after losing Saturday. While Texas has to hate seeing Kansas State perched at No. 6 in both polls (the Horns, of course, downed the red-hot Wildcats 17-14 in their own backyard October 19), the Burnt Orange is actually ranked one spot ahead of Oklahoma in the Coaches’ poll. The Sooners are No. 8 in the AP rankings, having (tee-hee) lost their shot at a national title following their 38-28 setback at Oklahoma State.

And as much as you loved watching the Evil Empire go down in flames the second year in a row to the up-and-coming Cowboys, how much more are you kicking yourself that a Lubbock loss cost Texas a division title for the second time in five years? How much would it have meant to QB Chris Simms to have had one last shot at the Buffaloes?

Colorado, meanwhile, is listed at No. 12 in both polls. (That would be four Big 12 schools in the top 12).

Texas’ slim hopes for a BCS bowl berth still depends on No. 7 Washington State losing at UCLA Saturday and what Orange Bowl officials decide to do with a 10-2 Notre Dame team (AP No. 11/Coaches No. 13) that turned in its worst defensive performance in school history as well as one of its worst offensive showings in the 44-13 thrashing at Southern Cal. It was the fourth time this season the Domers failed to score an offensive touchdown.

The Fighting Irish automatically qualify for a BCS bowl if their final BCS ranking is at least No. 12. And with a couple of more possible shake-ups in the Top 12 on December 7, it appears likely that college football’s sweetheart will still get the date despite sporting the biggest black eye of two-loss teams hoping for an at-large bid.

This much is clear: the loser of the Big 12 Championship game between 9-3 Colorado and 10-2 Oklahoma will not be extended a BCS bid. By all indications, Texas is headed for the Cotton Bowl against a fading LSU team, Auburn, or the loser of Saturday’s SEC Championship game between Georgia and Arkansas.

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